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How to play Fortnite on Mac and get the best experience | Digital Trends Spanish


Fortnite It’s an experience that can be enjoyed on practically all of today’s platforms, although at the time, being able to play the Epic Games title on Mac could be inconvenient. However, that changed with macOS Sierra, as there the title achieved a huge boost in gameplay quality. Today, you can play Fortnite on Mac with no problemsjust like you do on other operating systems, like Android and Windows.

In any case, it is necessary to consider that some adjustments must be made to have a smooth experience, so below we will show you step by step How to play Fortnite on Mac and get the best experience on this OS.

Start playing Fortnite on a Mac

First of all, we need to download Fortnite on our Mac, by visiting the Epic Games site and starting the download process through the Cupertino company team. Later, we select the option to “Play Free” and then choose the PC / MC download. In this way, the “Epic Installer” file will be downloaded, which we must execute in order to start the process.

After this, we have to drag the Epic Games icon to the “Applications” folder and confirm the opening of the Launcher, in case our Mac asks us if we are sure. Then the download will start in a few moments.

Epic will then ask us to sign in with our account. After this, we must show the green “Install” button. When our team asks us about where we want to save the video game, the ideal would be to select “Program Files”. Later, we have to keep the “Automatic update” option crossed out, in order for the work of Epic Games to be up to date with all the news. Now we must wait until the download is finished and choose “Start” when the game is ready to play.

The specifications you need

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Just like the installation process itself, we must also be aware of what the requirements are in order to enjoy Fortnite on our computer. In that sense, Epic offers us information regarding the minimum requirements, in order to have basic functionality, but not the ideal one in this type of Battle Royal-style productions. Anyway, we show you what are the basic requirements to enjoy it:

However, if we want to have a much more competitive experience, we recommend that you have these types of features on your Mac, so that you don’t suffer when it comes to enjoying Fortnite:

  • AMD Radeon HD 7870 (Equivalent DX11 GPU)
  • 2GB VRAM
  • 2.8GHz Core i5 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • MacOS Sierra 10.13.6 (You will need MacOS Mojave 10.14.6 for Season 2 Chapter 2)

key settings

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When we start Fortnite, the game will detect what our hardware is and will give us some recommended configurations that, although it may be good for those who are not so familiar with the game, it is not ideal in some cases to have an experience in good graphic quality or in performance. For this reason, we invite you to review some details so that you do not remain somewhat “dislocated” when enjoying the title.

Screen resolution: Although currently, Mac computers have screens of more than 1080p, the ideal is to maintain that resolution, so that we aim to benefit from another aspect: frames per second. The goal is to get closer to 60 FPS and the more we have a standard resolution like the one mentioned above, the better.

Quality Presets: this aspect also influences the FPS, so here you have to know how to choose. We have “Low”, “Medium”, “High” and “Epic” (or Auto). The recommended thing is to start with “Low” and try there, until we achieve a smooth experience.

VSync: If we plan to remove the screen tearing or that kind of vibration that sometimes occurs on our monitor to “update” the images, the ideal is to keep it activated, but that also affects the video game, so see if the ideal is to leave it deactivated this option.

Remember that the quality of the game can change over time. Things get better, but patches also introduce new problems. As mentioned above, the performance of Fortnite on Mac has improved considerably in recent years, thanks to new updates and compatibility. However, as we have seen with previous updates, sometimes new versions can also introduce bugs that create crashes or slowdowns. These bugs are fixed over time, so if possible, either restore the update, or be patient and wait for the situation to be fixed.

Recommended models

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Which particular Mac models are ideal for Fortnite And which ones will have problems? Let’s look at two separate cases, that of playing on a laptop and that of playing on a desktop.

On a MacBook: if you’re playing on a laptop, you need the latest specs to make the game smoother, otherwise you’ll have a really bad time. We strongly recommend that you use the MacBook Pro to play Fortnite, and that you stick to the models that went on sale in 2016 or recently. The latest MacBook Pro models increase performance considerably.

We also suggest the 15-inch or 16-inch models. Both feature graphics integrated into multiple discrete GPUs, including Radeon Navi architecture on the 16-inch version. Other Mac laptops with integrated GPUs just won’t be as smooth.

In a desktop: an iMac can handle Fortnite as long as it’s one with a separate graphics option. No matter how good your iMac looks, if it’s running standard integrated Intel graphics, it’s not going to perform well in games. Also, for compatibility reasons, you should look for a model released in 2017 or newer for best results. The same goes for the Mac mini, which doesn’t include discrete graphics. Although the iMac like the Mac mini can be used with an external GPU, which will help tremendously.

We tested the 27-inch 5K iMac with a Radeon Pro 580X graphics card, which gave us close to 60 FPS on Epic settings, or in the upper 70s on High settings.

There is an important caveat for Macs: to run Fortnite, these have to have Metal support. This is a technology that coordinates tasks between the CPU and GPU on Macs, and Fortnite requires it to work properly. Metal was introduced in OS X El Capitan, so as long as you’ve updated your Mac’s software in the last two years, it should work just fine.

In general, any MacBook that was released in 2015 or later will have Metal. All Air or Pro models had Metal as early as 2012 and later as well. iMac models have Metal since 2012, and Mac Pros have since late 2013. If your Mac doesn’t have Metal, Fortnite it’s not really an option until you upgrade it.

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